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About Tugadude

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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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  1. Looks in excellent shape to me. Leather ages gracefully unless abused. We call the natural wear "patina" and it adds character, so long as it isn't too far gone. That case should be properly cleaned and then evaluated.
  2. A tour of SLC!

    I visit several times a year and every visit is rewarding. They have closeout stuff that can't ever make it into a catalog or the web. Several tables outside where you can find bargains. Belt blanks, wallet backs, hardware, etc. A huge box of remnants sold by the pound is awesome for smaller projects. Discount sides in multiple colors and types. Tools galore and very friendly, helpful staff. Jeff, in particular helps me a bunch. I you are into beads and/or jewelry this is also your place. If passing by, stop! You won't be sorry.
  3. Acrylic aquarella paint used on leather edges!

    Who suggested that paint? It is water soluble and not suitable at all for what you are trying to achieve. It is basically a thick, watercolor paint. Fine for artwork, not coating leather edges.
  4. Tokonole comes in clear and pigmented versions so it can be used to add color to edges. My experience with beeswax is that it can be sticky if over-applied. Blending in some paraffin might help. Resolene or Mop-N-Glo works good if you want glossy edges.
  5. Wrapping the end of thick leather cord

    This is a pictorial on how to terminate handlebar tape that details a method similar to what is described above. http://www.cyclofiend.com/Images/rbw/pdf/original_twineforsite.pdf The hooks are called fish hooks or open hooks, sometimes other names. Google brass fish hook wallet clip. You'll find lots of sources.
  6. Leathercrafting helped save my life

    Good luck in your recovery! I am a fellow cancer survivor. Attitude helps, but my faith sustains me. Right now I am cancer-free but the doctor is reluctant to use the word "cured". So on it goes until the next blood test. Keep on keeping on friend!
  7. Personally I would use a chisel, a very small one if you have it. The diamond-shaped chisels do have bigger tooth profiles as compared to many pricking irons so go with as small as you can. If using a pricking iron, just don't allow it to cut all of the way through. Just a light tap, to mark the line only.
  8. Very nice! It has a soft, supple look to it and I like the way the flap will protect against anything, rain, dirt, etc., entering the sides.
  9. What's going on here?

    This happens to me sometimes, particularly on thinner leather and with Fiebing's Oil Dye. I think it is just a natural phenomenon. I am in the construction products industry and believe me, you wouldn't believe what can happen to products like concrete while they are drying. Concrete tends to shrink, but curl up around the edges, not too dissimilar to what you are experiencing, albeit quite a bit less! I agree with wetting and slicking the backside. Should it stretch you can always cut it square again.
  10. Propper saddle stitch attempts

    Tandy website shows one type, Tanner's Bond.
  11. Propper saddle stitch attempts

    I use the Tandy double-sided tape and have experienced a little gumminess, but it didn't affect the look of the stitch. I don't think time has much to do with it but I could be wrong. Tandy has two types of adhesive tape if I remember. One is more aggressive than the other. Don't remember which I use.
  12. Propper saddle stitch attempts

    Yes, both have generously put up free videos on youtube and I highly recommend them. Hope I can get over to your side of the pond someday. I envy the fact you got to see Nigel's presentation in person. He has helped countless people in their development, most of whom he'll never know.
  13. How are leather boxes made?

    There are also many types of "boxes", from tubs or pill boxes, boxes with flaps, boxes with nesting lids, etc. I second Mike's recommendation and also recommend you look at Nigel Armitage's youtube video on box stitching. He reveals a special clam made for doing square or rectangular boxes. It is very informative.
  14. Thread size matters!?

    1mm Tiger with around 6 or 7 spi sounds like the ticket
  15. Thread size matters!?

    Helps to know what kind of seat. Is it a "mattress" saddle? How much of the stitching will show? Post a pic for the best responses. And remember strength is important too, so don't sacrifice durability for looks. Are you machine or hand stitching?